When it comes to COVID-19 cases, things are getting worse in Essex County – not better, the CDC says. See town-by-town stats here.
ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Cases of coronavirus, including the delta variant, are on the rise in New Jersey. And Essex County is among the areas still seeing a spike of COVID-19, officials say.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released an online map that rates counties across the nation according to their levels of COVID-19 transmission. The CDC uses four categories of threat level: low, moderate, substantial and high.
After several weeks at the “substantial” threshold, CDC officials have bumped Essex County up to the “high” level for the period covering Aug. 5 to Aug. 11
Some health officials have pointed to the more contagious delta variant as a major factor behind the recent spread.
In its weekly COVID-19 Variant Surveillance Report that ended July 24, the New Jersey Department of Health noted that a whopping 90.4 percent of all variant cases were the delta variety – up from 9.7 percent in December 2020.
Essex County officials have been releasing cumulative COVID-19 totals for each town and city, noting that their daily report may not match state or municipal totals (here’s why).
See the previous month of case and death totals below.